Merzlikins leads Blue Jackets’ rout of New Jersey

Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS (AP) — Elvis Merzlikins made a career-high 41 saves in his third shutout in his last four starts, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 for their fourth straight win.

Cam Atkinson had two goals and an assist, helping the Blue Jackets improve to 14-2-4 in their last 20 games.

Alexander Wennberg, Jakob Lilja and Nick Foligno also scored.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider started for the first time since Nov. 8 and was chased late in the second period.

Schneider had 13 saves in 32:14 and Mackenzie Blackwood recorded 13 the rest of the way.

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